The New Zealand Cricket Museum has partnered with Wellington City Council and the Basin Reserve Trust to create A Gift To The People, an educational resource focused on the Basin Reserve.


From the Basin’s origins following the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake, this resource explores the diverse social, cultural, and sporting history of the ground. Many Wellingtonians don’t know the story of the Basin’s literal name or appreciate the broad range of sporting and cultural events which have occured on the central city green space.

Students are tasked with a range of activities that help build an understanding of this history and encourage them to imagine the future of the Basin Reserve. Activities are aimed at all levels and can be undertaken on site, with facilitation from Cricket Museum staff, or in the classroom. As well as the space provided for activities in this workbook, students are encouraged to undertake further exploration of the issues, both historic and contemporary, which define the Basin Reserve’s place in Wellington city.


Follow the links below for information on each story within A Gift To The People, as well as ideas for further research, historic images, and links for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Museum open?

The Museum is open on game days and by arrangement but the Basin Reserve is open 365 days a year. If you’d like to bring a group to visit the Museum, please contact us ahead of time.

Is there a charge?

The Cricket Museum is entry by donation and we are happy to work with groups to arrange something that fits their budget. We can supply activity books for a small charge, or supply files to print them yourselves.

Is the Museum Stand earthquake-prone?

The New Zealand Cricket Museum is currently housed within a building that has been ‘yellow-stickered’ as an earthquake-prone building. While we are still open to visitors, we feel it is important that schools are informed of this before bringing classes to visit. If you’d like more information, or would like to discuss options for learning about our collections and stories outside the Museum (including having our staff visit your school), please get in touch.

How many students can I bring?

The programme is ideally suited to a single class (up to 30 students) but it can accomodate two classes with an extended Cricket Museum visit included as part of the overall programme.

How long does a visit take?

A visit to the Cricket Museum as part of completing the A Gift To The People resource kit will take 1.5 to 2 hours. If you are just wanting to complete the resource kit onsite at the Basin Reserve, or only want to visit the Museum, allow for an hour.

Do you have other programmes?

At present, A Gift To The People is our only formal education programme. If you would like to conduct more sessions around cricket, we recommend the Cricket Smart resources from New Zealand Cricket. We are happy to facilitate visits to the Cricket Museum which build on the learnings in these resources.

A Gift To The People; Stories